The Dance Building and adjacent Geddes Dance Annex are home to the Department of Dance studios and faculty and staff offices. Attached to the back side of the Central Campus Recreation Building, which is also home to the Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Dance has four dance studios, a performance lab for exercise and rehabilitation, student and faculty lounge spaces, a costume room, and locker rooms. One studio transforms into the Betty Pease Studio Theater – a 100-seat performance space used for multiple departmental performances, showings, events throughout the year.
BETTY PEASE STUDIO THEATER – Betty Pease Studio Theater, named after Dr. Esther “Betty” Pease, the coordinator of the dance program at U-M from 1950-1971, is a 100-seat performance space for dance and multi-media works. Audience seating is typically on risers when in performance mode, and the performing space has wings, a crossover, and a fixed grid and booms for stage lighting . The theater also serves many other uses, including presentations, panel discussions, lectures, and more. Performances in this space often involve blends of movement, projected video/images, and live or pre-recorded music, and it is wired for live-streaming.
STUDIO A – The largest of our four studios, sized at 43’ x 54’, this bright and inviting space is the primary location for teaching all modern dance techniques. It boasts windows on the east wall, high ceilings, and a black Marley floor. Other features include a Steinway Grand piano, a lighting booth for when it is converted to a performance space, and a large projection surface.
STUDIO B – This space, adjacent to Studio A, matches the size of the Betty Pease stage space when set up for performances. Gaining considerable natural light from one wall of windows and another wall of mirrors, the grey Marley floor adds to its bright and inspiring feel. A ceiling-mounted projector and Baby Grand piano equip the studio for technique, composition, and lecture courses with movement components and video viewings. It also becomes the backstage area during performance in Betty Pease Studio Theater.
STUDIO C – This intimate studio space has light-colored Maple wood flooring and two walls mirrors from floor to ceiling. It is used primarily for small classes, rehearsals, and as a preparatory space. An upright piano and folding chairs with desktops make it a convertible space for multiple uses.
STUDIO D – This large studio, featuring one long mirrored wall and fixed barres on the three other walls, is a major space for ballet and composition courses, as well as rehearsals. The room has black Marley flooring, an audio cabinet connected to a mounted projector, and a Grand piano.
PERFORMANCE LAB – This exercise and rehabilitation room is equipped with a treadmill, elliptical trainer, and a recumbent stationary bicycle for use by dance students, faculty, and staff. It also includes a range of rehabilitation and strength equipment, including balance boards, weights, Therabands, and wall-mounted posters and books containing rehab exercises and progressions. This space is used frequently by dancers for regular cross-training and injury prevention. A TRX Suspension Trainer is also available to those who complete the training.
GEDDES CONFERENCE ROOM – Located in the Geddes Dance Annex office building, adjacent to the dance studios, the conference room has a large table for seating 10-12. Equipped with a projector and mounted speakers and subwoofer, this space is used for faculty and committee meetings as well as lecture-based course components and video viewings.